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Lamar Odom Accused of Charity Fraud

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Sports, Charity, Rumors,

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar OdomLamar Odom has been accused of failing to donate money raised through his charity to cancer research.

The LA Clippers star - who has been married to reality TV star and X Factor host Khloe Kardashian for three years - is facing allegations that none of the money raised through his foundation Cathy's Kids, which was named after his late mother who died from cancer when he was 12, has been donated to help fight cancer.

According to official records, obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines, there is no evidence that any of the $2.2 million raised through Lamar's organization, which was set up with the intention of raising money for underprivileged kids in New York and LA and for cancer research, went to a cancer charity. But the basketball star's tax records show that $1.3 million of the total amount was used to fund two "elite" basketball teams for young people, who reportedly were good enough to already be on the radar of colleges for scholarships and other financial help. There is allegedly no evidence of where the remaining $900,000 went.

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Mary J. Blige Owes $900,000 in Taxes

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Legal Issues,

Mary J. BligeMary J. Blige has been slapped with a huge tax bill. The 42-year-old singer - who was sued earlier this month for allegedly defaulting on a $500,000 bank loan - owes $901,769.65 to the State of New Jersey.

According to documents seen by gossip website TMZ.com, the 'No More Drama' singer owes the huge sum in back taxes and it is the latest in a string of financial problems for the star. A lawsuit filed by Bank of America in New York State Supreme Court earlier this month accused her of failing to make re-payments on a $500,000 loan she took out in 2005 since June 2012.

In another lawsuit filed last November, the singer and her husband, Martin Isaacs were also accused of defaulting on a $2.2 million loan from Manhattan's Signature Bank. The financial institution is seeking the full loan amount, which was taken out in October 2011 and due to be paid back by July 2012, along with $58,000 in interest.

The "Family Affair" singer's production company, Mary Jane Productions Inc., was also named in the lawsuit.

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Visa Tests Emue Credit Card

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Misc. Tech,

EmueIn an effort to combat credit card fraud, Visa is testing a new card. The Emue generates and displays a new code each time it is used. A PIN number is used to generate the code that is displayed on an alpha-numeric screen built into the card. There will also be an account number, magnetic strip and 3 digit security code. A three year battery is used in the device so that the card will expire before another is needed. A pilot study to test the new card should be completed by the end of the year.

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Global Cooling

Posted by Sal Traina Categories: Editorials, Taxes,

Global Warming

Why do people believe politicians when they talk about things other than politics? Why are the only scientists that say the earth is warming, the only ones getting government grants? I wish people would realize that this “Global Warming” is nothing more than a scam to collect more taxes.

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Comcast overcharges me by $772 on two cancelled accounts, offers support via Twitter - UPDATED

Comcast customer serviceUpdate: Within two hours, I got a call from a Comcast representative who stated that, since the payments were made by credit card automatically, there is no reason they can’t credit it back to that credit card. She went on to tell me that they’d process the refund tomorrow. Very cool. However, I wonder what the response would have been if we hadn’t been paying by credit card, and instead used ACH transfer from a bank account. In any event, the Comcast folks on Twitter really are listening, and really are aiming to put out fires. Good stuff.

This morning I opened mail from Comcast, which, to my surprise, showed that I was two months late on paying up. I thought that was odd, since I kicked to the curb for Verizon two months ago. I called and got it taken care of, to find that I was owed $72 and that it would arrive in 6-8 weeks. Kind of annoying, but no big deal. Then they called me back, to tell me that I had another active account that has been auto-debiting from one of my accounts. That one was to have been cancelled back in May. Once that was straightened out, the damage was that Comcast owes me a cool $772. I asked when I’d receive it, and they said 6-8 weeks. I thought that was fairly crappy, being that when I cancelled the services, I also revoked Comcast’s right to take any money from my private accounts. I threw up a gripe on Twitter, and a few minutes later, Comcast’s Twitter customer service went into full effect. Gotta give them props for that. They asked me to email them the details, so they could look into it. You can read the email I sent them, after the break. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts. We will update with any progress made on this, let’s see how customer service on these Web 2.0 Internets works. [Photo Credit]

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Helio Castroneves Indicted for Tax Evasion

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Sports, Television, Legal Issues,

Helio CastronevesUPDATE: Castroneves was acquitted on six counts of tax evasion. A mistrial was declared on the seventh count.

Have we learned nothing from Richard Hatch and Wesley Snipes?

, the former winner of Dancing with the Stars, was indicted today for federal tax evasion. According to the indictment obtained in Miami, the 33-year-old underpaid the government between 1999-2004.

Helio, along with along with his sister (Katiucia Castroneves) and lawyer, are currently being accused of hiding over $5 million of the race car driver’s earnings. The trio allegedly tried “to conceal and disguise the true and correct amount”  by using an offshore Panamanian shell corporation. Each defendant faces charges of conspiracy “for the purpose of impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful government functions of the Internal Revenue Service.”

According to the Miami Herald, all three are expected to appear in federal court tomorrow morning. Convictions on all counts could equate to approximately 30 years in prison per person.

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Donald Trump Comments on Romance…Just Not His Own

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Movies, Break-ups,

Donald TrumpRomantic relationships are a private, personal affair. Unless, of course, you’re a celebrity. Then, you (and your broken heart) are just media fodder. And might just cash in on the publicity action, too.

The famed tycoon unleashed a string of comments to the press on the subject of Get Smart star and her headline-grabbing breakup from four-year romantic partner Raffeallo Follieri. Follieri, who lives in Trump Tower, was recently arrested for fraud. If that wasn’t bad enough, he was also ditched by his brunette gal pal. But don’t worry - Follieri has a friend in Trump.

“She hasn’t remained very loyal to him, has she?” Trump posed the question to Access Hollywood. “So when he had plenty of money, she liked him, but then after that, not as good, right?”

Even while The Donald bashed the Hollywood star, he had some positive comments on Follieri (whose bail is set at a staggering multi-million dollar sum). “I’ve heard he’s very nice.” Well, then, it must be true! “According to the help, no problems.” Did Donald Trump just honestly refer to his employees as “the help” - is anyone else taken aback by this?

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